nomad

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noun no·mad \ˈnō-ˌmad, British also ˈnä-\

Definition of nomad

  1. 1 :  a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory For centuries nomads have shepherded goats, sheep, and cattle across the … semiarid grasslands … — Discovery

  2. 2 :  an individual who roams about He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

nomad

adjective

nomadism

play \ˈnō-ˌma-ˌdi-zəm\ noun

Examples of nomad in a sentence

  1. He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

  2. after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination

Origin and Etymology of nomad

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein


First Known Use: 1579

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NOMAD Defined for English Language Learners

nomad

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noun no·mad \ˈnō-ˌmad, British also ˈnä-\

Definition of nomad for English Language Learners

  • : a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time


NOMAD Defined for Kids

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nomad

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noun no·mad \ˈnō-ˌmad\

Definition of nomad for Students

  1. 1 :  a member of a people having no permanent home but moving from place to place usually in search of food or to graze livestock

  2. 2 :  a person who moves often


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nomad

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adjective no·mad

Definition of nomad for Students

  1. :  nomadic



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